Kawasaki India to add Vulcan S, Ninja ZX-6R 636 and Z250 SL to its lineup in 2015
While the Japanese automaker launched its flagship Ninja H2 model at the Buddh International Circuit this month, the company went ahead, making a very important announcement pertaining to the Indian market. Three interesting motorcycles are scheduled to launch in 2015 and the commencement of the operation of their new showrooms is also on the cards for this year.
As per the latest reports, Kawasaki is going to launch three new motorcycles – the Ninja ZX-6R 636 along with the Vulcan S and a 250cc naked – the Z250 SL will be added to the bike maker`s current portfolio. Going further, we give you the details about the three upcoming Kawasaki launches in India.
An entry-level middleweight bike sitting below the Vulcan cruiser range, Kawasaki Vulcan S will come powered by the engine seen on the Ninja 650 and ER-6n with a few tweaks. The retuned version of the 649 cc parallel twin-engine will churn out 61 bhp and 62 Nm of torque coupled to a 6-speed gearbox. To add to the feature list and to make the rider’s life convenient, the company has also provided seat adjustments, handlebars and foot pegs with a total of three settings for the user to adjust in. Luggage racks, windscreen, pillion seats and saddlebags are some of the features that might be offered on the Indian-bound model. Its black colored alloy units with Kawasaki’s signature green strip is a treat for the eyes.
Once launched, it is going to compete with the likes of the Harley-Davidson Street 750 and other cruisers like the Hyosung Aquila Pro. The Vulcan S will be brought into India through the CKD route and it is expected to be priced around INR 6 lakh.
Ninja ZX-6R 636:
The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R 636 is a sporty looking motorcycle with its design inspired from its elder sibling, the ZX-10R and it is built around a pressed aluminum perimeter frame. Kawasaki will offer the superbike for the Indian market with a 636 cc, 4-stroke 4-inline fuel-injected engine churning out 129 bhp @ 13,500 rpm and 71 Nm of torque @ 11,500 rpm. A 6-speed transmission with a slipper clutch sends the power to its rear wheel. Suspension duties are carried out by 41 mm inverted forks at the front and a bottom-Link Uni-Trak gas-charged monoshock at the rear.
This cool looking sports bike is equipped with safety features such as the Kawasaki Intelligence ABS and the three-mode Kawasaki Traction Control. Expected to enter the Indian market as a CBU product, once launched it is going to slug it out with other bikes in its segment like the Triumph Daytona 675 and the powerful Benelli 600i in India.
Z250 SL (Sports Light)
A quarter litre naked motorcycle, Z250 SL will also be the entry-level bike in Kawasaki`s Indian lineup. While it is built on a trellis frame, it takes the design inspiration from its elder Kawasaki siblings –the Z250 and the Z800. The company has powered this sports light model with a 249 cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, 4-stroke, fuel-injected engine emitting out 27.6 bhp of power and 23 Nm of torque.
When compared with the Z250 model, the Z250 SL`s styling is more aggressive. It also weighs around 20 kgs less and is taller than the Z250. With only one-cylinder available, the bike would be priced closer to the Rs 2 lakh mark. When launched the Z250 SL will rival the likes of the KTM Duke 200 and the Benelli TNT 25.
Watch this space for updates.